WSU reports spring enrollment growth

PULLMAN – WSU reports enrollment growth at all four of its campuses this spring — a total spring semester enrollment of 22,741 students, up 4.8 percent from last spring.

The growth is driven by this fall’s influx of freshmen students — the largest freshman class in the history of the Pullman campus, the second year of freshmen at WSU Vancouver and WSU Tri-Cities’ first freshman class. All four WSU campuses exceeded their enrollment targets funded by the state.

As a result of the rising number of full-time students, particularly at the Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses, the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students shows an even larger increase than the headcount enrollment university-wide, up by 5.9 percent from last spring.

On the Pullman campus, spring enrollment is 17,488 students, up 3.3 percent from last spring. Among different student classifications, graduate students are second to freshmen in growth; the number of graduate students is up 5.36 percent to 1,848.

On the Spokane campus, headcount enrollment shows a 2.94 percent increase or 42 students from last spring, to 1,472 students. When measured by full-time equivalent students, WSU Spokane’s increase is slightly larger, up 3.3 percent.

At WSU Tri-Cities, headcount enrollment is 1,219 students, up 17.78 percent or 184 students from last spring. While the freshman class is responsible for a good share of that increase, Tri-Cities also shows strong growth in its sophomore, junior and senior classes. The FTE enrollment is up 28.3 percent, to 849 students.

At WSU Vancouver, headcount enrollment for the spring is 2,562 students, up 11.39 percent or 262 students from last spring. WSU Vancouver also is reporting solid growth in numbers throughout its range of undergraduate and graduate class levels. Vancouver’s FTE enrollment is 1,902, up 14.2 percent from last spring.

All campuses also report increases in the percentages of students of color over last spring. Pullman is at 14.9 percent, Spokane 15.1 percent, Tri-Cities 14.1 percent and Vancouver 11 percent.